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Morning Brew: No casino deal for Toronto, Wynne says traffic hurting Toronto, Doug Ford could win election, notes from Ford, GO gets wifi, and acrobatic raccoons

Premier Kathleen Wynne maintains Toronto won't get a special revenue-sharing deal from the province on a new casino. A city report released yesterday recommended council only agree to the deal for a guaranteed $100 million hosting fee and an even split of revenues. Wynne says the formula for sharing gambling revenue must be the same for all of Ontario. Is she right?

Also in Wynne, the Premier says transit taxes are necessary to ensure Toronto's reputation isn't damaged by congestion. Speaking before the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Wynne said there was "no war on cars, cyclists, or transit," just "a better way forward." Is the city getting a reputation for gridlock?

Meanwhile, a new poll suggests Doug Ford would win the Etobicoke North seat if he ran against the Shafiq Qaadri, the Liberal incumbent, in a provincial election. If Ford were to take the seat he would give the PC's their first Toronto seat in years. The Forum Research poll printed by the Star shows 46% support for Rob Ford's older brother. Should he run?

Also in Doug Ford, the Etobicoke councillor spent parts of an in camera session of the government management committee yesterday taping hand-written notes to the door. There were 5 in total, reading: "I *heart* media," "I love casino & jobs," "Toronto needs larger convention center's [sic]," "casino helps build subways," and "10,000 job's [sic]." Maybe we can expect more of this creative communication in future. [Images via Don Peat]

GO Transit has pipped the TTC to become the first Toronto-region transit agency to offer free wifi to its customers. Riders at Clarkson and Pickering stops can now use a trial version of the network that's expected expand to Oakville in a couple of weeks. The service isn't yet available on trains or buses. The TTC is currently planning to bring wifi to the subway.

Looks like Stephen Harper doesn't think the green GO livery matches his party's palette. Two trains, clearly GO Transit locomotives, appear in Photoshopped blue without their logo on the Department of Finance website and cover of information material. It's not the first time the Conservative party has been criticized for it's choice of colours, but this time it's being blamed on an advertising firm.

It hurt to be a Jays fan this Sunday. The team were walloped 13-0 by the Boston Red Sox at home, giving the new-look team a 2-4 season record. To add insult to injury, Ace, the team's mascot, took a full speed run into a wall. Ouch.

Toronto's raccoons really are getting acrobatic. This little critter spotted walking a high wire in the city's east end seems to have perfect balance in addition to the ability to hack into even the toughest compost bin.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Dominic Bugatto/blogTO Flickr pool.

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